Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Reds Face Tough Night Out

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Reds Face Tough Night Out

Article excerpt

WHAT, Todd Blackadder was asked the other day, should the Reds fear most about the Crusaders on Saturday?

The answer from the Crusaders coach came quickly: "Our forwards and our defensive systems."

Both true, but he could have added another -- the Crusaders' attack -- because his side won't be able to rely solely on his big men and the tackling ability of his players in this sudden death play-off at AMI Stadium.

Time and again the Crusaders have the edge in the forwards battle -- and so they should, with eight current or former All Blacks in the mix -- but that dominance doesn't always translate to success.

While his pack scrummaged well against the Hurricanes in the nervous 26-17 victory last weekend, the lineout had an off day. A big improvement is needed there, which the returning Luke Romano is likely to help with.

Yes, the Crusaders defence is good. In terms of points conceded they are the fourth best in the competition with 307. …

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